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Lira Municipal Councillors Petition State House Anti-Corruption Unit

Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners says that they resolved to petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had failed.
Councilor James Mugisha being dragged out of the council hall soon after he caused commotion during the meeting last week
Lira Municipal Councillors have petitioned the State House Anti-Corruption Unit over gross irregularities surrounding management of social services.

Some of the critical issues which the councillors want the unit to investigate include the award of contract to manage Coronation Park to Saving Grace Investment, allocation of revenues collection to some individuals at the Main Market, allocations of plots at the Timber Yard near the current Airfield among others.

The petition dated, March 2nd, 2019 and addressed to Lt. Col Nakalema was signed by 16 councillors.

Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners says that they resolved to petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had failed.

Owani claimed there are numerous irregularities carried out by the Municipality officials allegedly with full knowledge of Town Clerk, Assy Abireebe.

Mike Ogwal, the Kakoge parish councillor cited the recent transfers of over 20 million shillings to the bank account of an individual without the approval of the council.

James Mugisha of Lango Central parishes says that Lira Municipal officials have also several times flouted Public Procurement guidelines.

He cites the recent allocation of contract to manage Coronation Park under USMID in Lira town to a private company, Saving Grace Investment limited for a period of one year.

Steven Alele, a local Anti-Corruption activist in Lira town described the award as illegal since all Procurement laws were abused.

According to Alele, PPDA is also undertaking investigation into the circumstances under which this contract was awarded.

On February 26, 2019, the PPDA acting Executive Director wrote to Lira Municipality Town Clerk Assy Abireebe confirming investigations to ascertain the alleged irregularities in the award of contract.

Lt.Col.Nakalema confirmed receiving the petition and said that it will be reviewed before investigations begin.

Abireebe said he is not aware or bothered about the petition.

 

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